Hotel Intel: Sheraton Center Toronto celebrates its 50th anniversary with a modern makeover

The recent redesign has opened up a friendly, almost cozy side to one of Canada’s largest hospitality establishments.

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The Sheraton Center Toronto Hotel has been part of the downtown core for 50 years and celebrates with an attractive new look, an updated dining scene and a revitalized spirit.

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One of Canada’s largest hospitality properties and the country’s largest conference hotel, the Sheraton Center boasts an impressive 1,372 guest rooms and suites as well as 60 business and social banquet rooms offering an incredible million meals per year.

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Service is always paramount, and the hotel has bellhop and car valet platoons, and up to 12 receptionists who will handle your reception if you are not yet using the Marriott Bonvoy app for check-in. , departure, mobile room keys and Special requests.

Shop ? Well, kidding. This is an outstanding and extremely comfortable hotel that handles large-scale hospitality remarkably well. And after closing during COVID, the recent revamp has opened up a friendly, almost cozy side.

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The Sheraton Center Toronto Hotel faces Nathan Phillips Square.
The Sheraton Center Toronto Hotel faces Nathan Phillips Square. Picture of the Sheraton Center Toronto Hotel

The original: The Sheraton was to be the pinnacle of modern urban panache when it was created in 1972 by architects John B. Parkin Associates. The lobby features a stunning three-story cathedral ceiling, with towering walls of glass facing the magnificent Waterfall Garden. The third floor is also an oasis of surprises, with a year-round indoor-outdoor pool surrounded by cabana rooms.

When I saw the leafy, sparkling courtyard and the resort-style premises, I felt like Dorothy and Toto in The Wizard of Oz were whisked away from Kansas to a new land. I thought: I feel like we’re not in downtown Toronto anymore.

Are we still downtown?  Part of the Sheraton Center Toronto resembles a resort with its indoor and outdoor pools, expansive gardens and waterfall.
Are we still downtown? Part of the Sheraton Center Toronto resembles a resort with its indoor and outdoor pools, expansive gardens and waterfall. Picture of the Sheraton Center Toronto Hotel

The news: The structure of the Sheraton is as stunning as ever and now enriched with exceptional interiors in 2022. DesignAgency has transformed the lobby, dining rooms, swimming pool and playground. Art & Objects has selected avant-garde works by Toronto artists.

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The expansive lobby lounge is called Dual Citizen to represent its many personalities. It is both a café by day and a cocktail bar by night, and also serves as a workspace and social hub.

The Sheraton has also strengthened its technological skills. Guests have free Wi-Fi throughout the property and plenty of charging outlets in every room. There are QR codes on every table in all public areas, so you can scan Dual Citizen’s menu, order food and drinks, and a waiter will deliver breakfast in bed, lunch by the pool, cocktails at the meeting room or dinner at a romantic table for two facing the waterfall.

The 43rd-floor Sheraton Club — exclusively for Marriott Bonvoy Elite members and upgraded guests — appears to float in the sky, surrounded by dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. Originally a ballroom, it is a series of luxurious lounges with sweeping views of City Hall to the north and Lake Ontario and the CN Tower to the south.

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At no charge, the club serves breakfast with barista coffee, all-day refreshments, and a sumptuous array of evening hors d’oeuvres like shrimp, charcuterie, and cheese, as well as, for a fee, wine and spirits.

The Sheraton Center Toronto has 1,372 guest rooms and suites, many with views of downtown landmarks such as the CN Tower.
The Sheraton Center Toronto has 1,372 guest rooms and suites, many with views of downtown landmarks such as the CN Tower. Picture of the Sheraton Center Toronto Hotel

Food and drink: The Sheraton has swept away the archetypal 20th century of stuffy hotel dining in favor of virtuoso cocktails, many of which are served under domes of exotic vapors and mists.

The restaurant-bar 43 Down (43downtoronto.ca) focuses on Ontario and Canadian ingredients in applications such as duck fat fries and sautéed truffles, and entrees such as wild boar croquettes, Atlantic scallops, seafood tower or a 43-ounce tomahawk steak, often served for up to four people.

Dual Citizen menus are available throughout the hotel (bicitizentoronto.ca). Breakfast includes Starbucks coffee, pastries, pomegranate smoothies, omelets, acai bowls, or a build-your-own bagel option.

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After 11 a.m., the menu turns to high-octane spirits and coffees, as well as salads, casual dishes such as beef or vegetable sliders, and entrees like the cauliflower wrap. Mediterranean inspiration or lamb with couscous.

The Sheraton Center Toronto has a Waterfall Garden and an indoor-outdoor swimming pool.
The Sheraton Center Toronto has a Waterfall Garden and an indoor-outdoor swimming pool. Picture of the Sheraton Center Toronto Hotel

The neighborhood: The Sheraton Center is connected to the Eaton Center so there are plenty of shops and it overlooks City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square, site of a farmers market on Wednesdays until October, as well as an ice skating rink in winter.

Also nearby is the prestigious Art Gallery of Ontario, which is exhibiting Blurred Boundaries: Queer Visions in Canadian Art until September 25.

If you need a baseball fix, the Blue Jays take on the Yankees and Red Sox the week of September 26. 23.

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If you are going to

Sheraton Center Toronto Hotel: 416-361-1000, 800-325-3535; marriott.com/yyztc; 123 Queen Street W. Accessible. Pets accepted. CAA discount. Marriott Bonvoy program. Vegan and dairy-free cuisine available. Children’s menu.

Prices: Rooms from $359, suites from $500.

The hotel is 1.3 km from Union Station (Via Rail) and 2.3 km from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Tourist information: Toronto, destinationtoronto.com; Ontario, destinationontario.com.

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